The situations were just as funny, and the repartee between the two leads was just as cute and snappy as the other reviewers said they were, up until this scene:
"This is a double sleeper." [Two beds in one compartment on the train.]
"You forget, I thought you were a man." [No surprise, he was expecting someone named "Caryl," pronounced "Carl."]
"I'd hoped I'd removed that impression."
"You have. Uhmm… Where are you going to sleep?"
"Well, that's easy: right here."
"Well, everything's taken! Where am I going to sleep?"
"I don't care…"
"That's very sweet of you, dear." [As he's taking off his coat.]
"Ah ah, just a minute…"
Guess who spends the night in the pantry, looking like another can of Alpo? Action soon intervenes but, if the rest of their interplay looks like this, I'll pass, thank you.
Will Rogers once said, "Everything is funny so long as it's happening to someone else." If it's happened to you enough times, it might instead be an ugly reminder of something that you would much rather forget.
There's been an increasing amount of talk about the "new" media stereotype of men as well-meaning but inept and bumbling losers, especially when confronted by determined women who seem to stop at nothing to have what they want, or whose vindictiveness knows no bounds. I've learned from watching old movies on IA that these stereotypes are nothing new, and that MRA's and MGTOW's have been a long time in the making. In this sense, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
is a special film to me, because the two protagonists are both powerful and effective people who are equally matched.